Column - 1959: Fraction-traction bed installed at hospitalThe following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
By: Marge VanGorp, Alexandria Echo Press
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
100 YEARS AGO
New Minnesota auto license fees: cars, $1.50; dealers, $10; original chauffeur’s license is $2 or $1 for a renewal. All cars must have brakes, horns and lamps. Speed is not to exceed 25 miles an hour and 10 miles an hour at crossings. New rules also apply when autos are passing teams of horses… For two days the mail carriers used sleds to deliver mail. Some patrons had to shovel snow to assure delivery of mail… Mr. Herberger of Herberger Brothers in Osakis was in Forada looking over the prospect of putting a store in that growing village… Central Telephone Company in Carlos has bought the Alexandria-Parkers Prairie line.
50 YEARS AGO
Archie Viering managed to walk away with only a dislocated ankle when his light plane crashed right after take-off from the Alexandria Airport… Andrew Jacobson has sold the Andria and State Theaters to Ken Bechtel, Joe Perino and John McCarten… A fire in the Miltona Cooperative Creamery caused extensive damage to the building and the interior equipment… Nurse Ertha Froemming exhibited the fraction-traction bed that was recently installed at Douglas County Hospital... A feature story portrayed bearded giant Wallace Van Dyke, who lives contently by himself in a one-room house on Lake Mina. He grows and cans his own vegetables, bakes his bread, fishes and hunts, cuts his wood and does only what he wants to do… Ernest Hemmingway’s Old Man and the Sea is being shown at the Andria Theater.
25 YEARS AGO
District 206 School Board voted support for the proposed community arts center and will hire a fund-raising consultant to start the fund drive… United Telephone Company announced its plans to install new computerized telephone switching equipment… In a column by Marian Iverson, Julie Allen tells of her experiences as a Listening Ear volunteer, a service she can provide from the comfort of her own home… When Susan Meyer began bowling at age 5, little did she know that 20 years later, she would be among the top 100 bowlers in the nation. Now, in her third year as a professional, she maintains a 201 average… It took 11-year-old Tom Niska of Alexandria 23 minutes to haul in an 8-foot, 130-pound sailfish while on vacation in Acapulco.
10 YEARS AGO
During the first major storm of the season, lightning struck the home of Dick and Phyllis Ohlson on Crestwood Drive, leaving behind broken windows, silent phone lines and dead appliances throughout their house… Douglas County Library received $30,000 in grant money for the children’s library… When John Perino talks about the upcoming movie Star Wars, Episode 1 – the Phantom Menace, his face lights up and his eyes twinkle as he describes parts of the film… The Runestone Mercantile, a souvenir shop complete with hitching post in the museum lobby, will celebrate its grand opening May 17-22… The Echo Press has hired Hollan Lommen to replace Glenn Kranking, who will pursue his master’s degree in Scandinavian studies… Sandy Hemquist broke the 1985 Parkers Prairie school record in the 100-meter hurdle with a time of 16.8 seconds.
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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.